11. Applications and Implications¶
My project is an interactive modular block which reacts to certain inputs from the weather forecast (sandstorms in particular) to create a pleasant visual experience to the user.
This block is part of a modular design in which it could be fixed on balconies to create some sort of shield against unpleasant weather yet it creates some sort of control over exposure to the street.
What will it do?¶
It will use a sprinkler system to wet block surface on predetermined points to create a pattern which eliminate the unpleasant view and traces of a sandstorm.
Who has done what beforehand?¶
I could not find a similar project to this. However, I found projects taking different approaches but may cross with some parts. Below are some examples
Kinetic Facade by ITARCH Studio is the closest to what I’m trying to do, however this projects reacts to sun light while mine reacts to dust.
Pinecone Inspired Material by Chao Chens focuses on material behavior in relation to humidity to create a dynamic structure
Superfold by David Erkan Fab Academy 2017 explores origami facades in relation to temperature
What will you design?¶
I will design the body of the block, possible joints and the electronics boards.
What materials and components will be used?¶
I am not yet sure of all the elements of the design but my thoughts are around the following Materials
- Particle sensors
- Mini sprinklers
- Servo Motor
- Particle sensors
Where will they come from?¶
Materials can be bought from local stores technical parts can be ordered from either amazon or digikeys.
How much will they cost?¶
The answer to this question is not yet clear to me, the block itself shouldn’t cost a lot. However, the cost will be higher when we look at the project as a whole screen.
What parts and systems will be made?¶
There are a number of items that I will not be making, the diagram below show possible ready parts that I might use
The system that I will be making is a mini sprinklers system
What processes will be used?¶
- CNC for structural parts and possibly molds
- 3d printers for small molds
- laser cutter or vinyl cutter to cut flexible material
- milling and soldering for fabricating the electronics boards needed
What questions need to be answered?¶
Can I use humidity for condensing the needed water for the sprinkler system ?
How will it be evaluated?¶
If a visible pattern appears on the screen
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